Baldwin, Melvin Riley
Age: 0, credited to Chester, VTVITALS
Birth: 04/12/1838, Chester, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None notedDESCENDANTS
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Baldwin, Melvin R., of Duluth, Minn., was born in Windsor county, April 12, 1838; removed to Wisconsin 1847; entered Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., 1855, remaining through the sophomore year; studied law, and then adopted civil engineering as a profession; was engaged on Chicago & Northwestern R. R. till April 19, 1861; enlisted as a private in Company E., 2d Wis. Infantry, brigaded with the Iron Brigade; was slightly wounded at the first, and severely wounded at the second battle of Bull Run; promoted to captain of his company; was captured at Gettysburg and confined in Libby, Macon, Georgia, Charleston, and Columbia, South Carolina; made two escapes, but was recaptured, and was finally exchanged after seventeen months' imprisonment. Engaged in operative railroad work in Kansas after the war; was general superintendent four years; removed to Minnesota in 1875, and has resided in Duluth since 1885; president of Duluth Chamber of Commerce since 1886; always a Democrat; twice declined Congressional nomination; nominated by acclamation in August, 1892, and was elected to the 53d Congress.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, pp. 10.
Seattle -- In a fit of despondency over business reverses, aggravated by the depressing effects of an attack of the gripe, Melvin Baldwin, an ex-congressman from Minnesota and former superintendent of Indian affairs under President Cleveland, ended his life by self-destruction. The ex- congressman's body was found lying on his bed in his apartments at 2018 Fourth Avenue with a bullet hole through his brain at 7:30 o'clock last night. From the condition of the body, it is estimated the death occurred fully two hours before. Tightly gripped in his hand was a 38 calibre Smith & Wesson revolver. D. McKinley, a friend of the deceased and former business associate discovered the body as a result of a visit paid to the ex- congressman's apartments to ascertain his condition. Entering the room McKinley spoke to his friend, the outline of whose body could be seen in the darkened chamber, and receiving no response summoned assistance, only to find that Baldwin had sent a bullet crashing through the brain and lay in a pool of blood which had accumulated upon the bed clothing, and what was flowing freely from the wound on his right temple.
Melvin Baldwin was 62 years of age came to this city three years ago, from Duluth, Minn. He was elected to the lower house from the Duluth District as a Democrat in 1892 and served one term. He secured the position of superintendent of Indian affairs a few month later and was one of the few Cleveland appointees who refused to resign, necessitating his removal by President McKinley.
Mr. Baldwin leaves a widow and two sons, all of whom reside in Duluth Minn.
Topeka State Journal (KS), April 17, 1901
Courtesy of Deanna French